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On the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II: prayers of intercession and liturgy notes

PUBLISHED 9 September 2022

Suggested prayers of intercession

We give thanks to God for the life, fidelity, courage and service of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. May her dedication to a life of service to the nation and Commonwealth remain a great example for all leaders.
Let us pray to the Lord.

We pray for the eternal repose of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. May her devout and faithful Christian witness throughout her life reward her with eternal rest with the risen Lord.
Let us pray to the Lord.

We pray for the members of the Royal Family who mourn the loss of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. May they receive a loving consolation from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Let us pray to the Lord.

(For the new king)
We pray for His Majesty, King Charles III. That he may serve the people entrusted to his care with wisdom and dedication.
Let us pray to the Lord.

Some liturgy notes

  • A memorial service can be celebrated for Her Majesty outside the Sunday Mass using Various Commemoration for One Deceased Person in the Roman Missal, pp. 1450–1455.
  • Readings for funerals can also be used. Choosing appropriate readings should reflect Her Majesty’s life of service as head of state and an exemplary Christian witness.
  • As a sign of respect for Her Majesty as head of state, flags are to be lowered to half-mast (except the Vatican flag), and except on the days of Proclamation for Australia and in Victoria, when the flags will be raised to full mast. Flag protocol dictates that flags are not flown at half-mast overnight.
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